Monday, September 8, 2014

tragic loss in the MIS department - remembrance this Friday

Just before the start of the Fall semester, we lost a dear friend and colleague, an inspiring instructor to hundreds of students over the years–Jeff Gaines. The family has not released the cause of death but whatever the reason, he is gone and he left us far, far too early and we are devastated by the loss.

Jeff contributed to the university and students in so many ways, going way above and beyond the call of duty and he was recognized as SJSU's Outstanding Lecturer for 2010-11. One of the amazing things he used to do was to set up camping weekends for his students to get back to nature and build character ad learn leadership skills in the wilderness he loved. I still remember seeing him dashing around the camp, putting together this amazing feast for 60 or 80 students, treated to the best BBQ chicken I think I've ever had in my life. The positive energy that night, with all the students chattering about the experiences they'd been having out there, was truly inspirational for me and it was clear their lives had been enriched in lasting and profound ways through his efforts.

We all miss him deeply and our hearts go out to his grieving family. Thanks to everyone for their kind thoughts and condolences. I'd also like to thank all the students for their patience in dealing with the last-minute schedule changes we had to make as a result of losing Jeff. His e-World class was one-of-a-kind and I don't envision us offering that again anytime in the near future, sadly.

A remembrance service is being held on campus this Friday, Sept 12, at 6pm in Morris Dailey. Everyone is welcome.

Please be aware that free, confidential personal counseling services are available to all SJSU students and they can offer help in dealing with the difficult emotional issues arising from such tragedies. They're located on campus in the admin building, ADM 201, 924-5910.


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